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Preston County Celebrates Local History, West Virginia's Birthday

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West Virginia will officially turn 150 years old on Thursday June 20th. Preston County is home to some of the oldest historical locations that preserve the history of the state and the county.

Preston County was celebrating seven local historical sites. In conjunction with the state's upcoming birthday including the McGrew house in Kingwood.

"I think it's important not only his story, but all the stories of the various founders because this is a time before there were professional politicians," said Susan Hardesty, secretary of the Society of Preservation of McGrew House. "They were everyday members of the community." 

Another historical site that was celebrated was Arthurdale Heritage. One of the main things that makes this town special is the new deal that was brought here by Eleanor Roosevelt. People in the town still remember stories of her.

"Every year at graduation from the time it was built until in the 40's she came every year and pass out diplomas," explained a volunteer from the Arthurdale Heritage.

One hundred and sixty out of the 165 houses built there for the New Deal are still standing.

The McGrew House was giving tours to celebrate the historic day. Hardesty is also writing a book that will debut next Saturday about McGrew. She said the cover of the book features a very special picture.

"They took it down put it in a closet that closet was later sealed until the banks facility was sold to the county commission," Hardesty said. "They went in to redo the walls in office areas and there it was found perfectly preserved."

Arthurdale will host its New Deal festival on July 13. The McGrew House will also be celebrating the 150th birthday of West Virginia on Saturday.

Other historical sites in Preston County include Old Hemlock Stone/Log Home in Bruceton Mills, Westbrook's Auto in Kingwood, Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg, Terra Alta History House, and Tunnelton Train Depot Museum.

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